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White Worm
11-01-2008, 04:31 PM
Before Kenny was Kenny's Discus, it was just the Magic Garage (2005). I had recently joined Simply and was in the newbee stage of discus.....which means I killed all of my discus that I bought from lfs's (they were probably already sick to begin with) and also from some not-so-good online dealers (low quality). I had about given up on the discus world and believed that they were indeed fragile as the myth reported. I made a trip to Sunrise Tropicals to look at some discus in Daly City and I gave Kenny a call. He graciously met me in a Jack in the Box parking lot and then I followed him over to his place. Wow, this is the first time I had ever seen pairs with fry! There were hundreds of fry and juveniles at all stages in his many tanks in the Magic Garage not to mention the beautiful pairs. He didnt try to sell me anything and just gladly showed me everything and we talked discus. My wife was even impressed and she isnt really into fish! Kenny knew of my trials and decided to send me home with some young discus free of charge. I tried to pay but he would have none of it. I STILL have those discus right now swimming in my tank 3 years later! I know he is well known for his imports right now but those of you who have been to his place or get the fortunate opportunity to get some that he has raised, DO IT! He later wanted me to enjoy the rewards of growing my own fry so he sold me a PROVEN/CONFIRMED/RAISED FRY (whatever) pair for pennys. I still have the male swimming in my tank right now (lost the girl a year ago....jumper :()
Its no surprise that Kenny has now taken the place of all those older generation discus gurus we have heard about. Kenny may not be the pioneer of old but he (with his new quality exporters) is responsible for sustaining the future of discus. There must hundreds of new discus owners with thousands of discus because of Kennys love for the round fish. He will be the first to tell you that he has done nothing out of the ordinary because he is the humblest of people but I have seen his growth since he started (I have the first feedback in iTrader!) I believe that he could easily give any of the elders a run for their money when it comes to discus since he has personally learned from some of them in the past. Kenny.....thank you for what you do and its been my pleasure having you as my friend!

Mike

White Worm
11-01-2008, 04:39 PM
Now for Al... Simply has done the same thing for the future of discus! I would have never been able to care for my discus without this site and some of the fantastic information shared here. There is NO other site about discus that I would trust and I have tried most. We have some brilliant experts here that you cant find anywhere else. Every person from never had a discus to keeping discus for a hundred years is welcomed here and is always treated with the utmost respect. This place is priceless and Al provides this to us for free! Many experts come here and provide their help for free! Al has made a small slice of online heaven here in a world that seems to be going down the crapper because you can come here and talk about anything even if it doesnt have to do with discus. Thanks Al!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

White Worm
11-01-2008, 05:06 PM
Here they were as babies

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/P1010023.jpg

Here they are at about 6 in.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/DSC_0012-1.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/DSC_0012.jpg

Pair

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/P1010065.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/P1010067.jpg

Now... retired old Dad! What is he Kenny? About 4-5 years old now?

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc211/DiscusKeeper/DSC_0013.jpg

Kenny's Discus
11-02-2008, 05:48 AM
Hello Mike,

Time really flies thank you for your very kind post, my old friend.:) Hope you and Lisa + kids are doing great! Reading your post brought back memories when we first met up at the Jack-in-the-box parking lot and it really seems like yesterday!:) I want you to know that I will always value our friendship! And thanks so much for my first i-trader feedback Mike lol!!!:D:)

Now let us refresh our memories of those fish that you might find enjoyable to look at once again...doing the math here yes I think the retired old dad is probably about 4.5 to 5 years of age now...he looks to be getting old but I'm sure he has had a pretty good life when at his prime.:)
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_100.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_098.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/BREEDING_01__7_.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_033.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_071.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_087.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/K_102.jpg
This was his older sibling with babies
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/NEW_020.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e189/kennysdiscus/NEW_018.jpg

Talk with you soon buddy, and thanks for your kind post again it really means a lot to me just to read it and have those flashbacks!:)

Kenny

BSW
11-02-2008, 06:30 AM
Nice stories,
And thanks for sharing them.
I second all you've said, and there would be to many numerous to mention, in a post, for all the help, I've gotten from Simply, and my breeder.
Many people come by my house, when they see the tanks, it's always -"Wooah, how do you do that ?" "They are gorgous" "I tried but I killed mine"
Well, they are on the wrong track, I say.
First -
Go to "Simply Discus" and read all you can. Buy your fish from a reputable source, and you will find to many to mention on that web site. It's a "shop-acholics" dream !!!:D (gotten me in more trouble than I care to mention;))
And don't panic.........
You will succeed.
Many of the people, have put the "D" in Discus here.
And have been able to turn around a whole generation of "frightened fish keepers"
Many Breeders here have been able to breed good, stout, healthy fish, turning the "fragile Discus" into a myth.
I owe a lot to these people myself !
Thanks to all of you

And while I'm on here, I want to say -
While this site is free to us, it's not free to keep. Al will never mention it, but send a donation if and when you can. For those of us that are on here religiously, and aren't sponsors, we can show our appreciation, by helping to support this great site.
B

brewmaster15
11-02-2008, 09:20 AM
Thanks Mike and B:)!

Ryan, I, and the moderators here try to provide what we can to help people succeed in this hobby of ours.....Its a team effort between all of us across all levels and includes all those that are here day in and day out sharing their hard earned experiences.. We are what we are here because of the community of Discus Enthusiasts that call this site home....I'm proud to be a part of it all.:)

Thanks again for the kind words!

-al